Bible Dynamics Genesis - Contemporary Torah Commentary Part A Bereshit - Chayei Sarah
Bible Dynamics Genesis Contemporary Torah Commentary Evolving Personalities and Ideas The Book of Bereishit Part A Bereshit - Chayei Sarahby Pinchas Polonsky (Author), Betzalel Shandelman (Translator)
Based on the teachings of Rabbi Y. L. Ashkenazi Manitou
The Bible Dynamics commentary is a unique interpretation of the Torah, with an emphasis on demonstrating how personalities and ideas constantly evolve.Biblical personalities are traditionally perceived as larger-than-life, heroic figures, who surmount incredible obstacles to advance the world. And yet, little emphasis is placed on their own personal development. But according to the centuries-old Kabbalistic tradition revealed in our times by Rabbi Y. L. Ashkenazi (Manitou), the heroes of the Torah are evolving personalities who undergo profound change over the course of their lives, while acquiring new ideas and personal qualities through their ongoing dialogue with God.In this volume 1-a, specifically, the most important new ideas we present are:•Abel, who is murdered by Cain, is not simply the victim of his brother’s enmity. Rather, he bears joint responsibility with Cain for the conflict that has arisen between them.•We highlight the ongoing development of Noah’s personality in the course of the flood. Why did God regret having created man? How did God’s relationship to mankind change during the flood? What is the significance of the fact that the flood lasted an entire year, given that the evildoers it was brought to annihilate drowned almost immediately. How did human nature change during the flood?•The tower of Babel: The dynamics of mutual understanding among the nations; the two types of language, and the development of diverse human languages, which occurred even before the flood. Divine revelation as a source of conflict across different cultures.•The dynamics of Abraham’s development and his worldview. The discrepancy between God’s plan and Abraham’s plan of “chosenness.” Why Abraham was not alone sufficient as the progenitor of the new nation; the conflict over the destruction of Sodom; Abraham’s difficulty in finding a meeting of the minds with his son Isaac; Abraham’s aversion to accepting a position of national leadership; the conflict of Hebron and Beer-sheba, and Sarah’s role and influence in resolving that question.
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